from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lit., a federal council, esp. of the German Empire. In the German Empire the legislative functions are vested in the Bundesrath and the Reichstag. The federal council of Switzerland is also so called.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The federal council of the German empire, exercising legislative functions in combination with the Reichstag, and consisting of 58 members representing the 26 states of the empire.
  • n. In Switzerland, the federal council, exercising executive and administrative functions, and composed of 7 members.


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  • In complete contrast with the Bundesrath, which is a purely federal institution, the Reichstag is broadly national.

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  • The legislative body of the empire consists of two Houses -- the Upper, called the Bundesrath, representing the several component States in different proportions according to their relative importance; the lower, the

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  • Those entitled to admittance included those who by reason of birth or official station, were members of the royal family, members of all other German dynasties present in Berlin, members of the aristocracy, all officers of the army and navy, all members of the Prussian and imperial cabinets, all persons who have been decorated, court and higher government officials, members of the Prussian Diet, of the Bundesrath and the Reichstag.

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  • After an approval of the budget by the Bundesrath and the Reichstag the participation of Germany became a law.

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  • But as the Kaiser, as King of Prussia, controls a majority of votes in the Bundesrath, or Federal Council, can dissolve the Reichstag, or House of Representatives, at any time with the consent of the Bundesrath, has sole power to appoint the chancellor, and is lord supreme of the army and navy, anything like real popular government is far off.

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  • The Reichstag is a kind of Upper and Lower House in one; the Bundesrath or Federal Council, with somewhat arbitrary powers, has its private Council-room; but the Chancellor of the Empire is its presiding officer, and, with the members of this Council, occupies the elevated platform at the right of the President of the

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  • The left is appropriated to English and American visitors; and the centre, immediately above the desk of the presiding officer and the elevated seats of the Chancellor and members of the Bundesrath, is alone left for the general public.

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  • The instrument was wheezy, for in addition to the sacrilege the port authorities had done by way of disinfection, the bellows had been wetted when Fred plunged from the sinking Bundesrath and swam.

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  • Ferdinand Freiligrath, Laube, Gutzkow, and Emanuel Geibel came under the ban of the German Bundesrath.

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  • A measure might take the form of a simple decree of (p.  284) the Kaiser with the consent of the Bundesrath and Reichstag; or, in the case of an ordinance having the provisory force of law, it might be promulgated by the Kaiser with the consent of the Bundesrath alone.

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